The Philosophical Legacy of Behaviorism by Bruce A. Thyer

The Philosophical Legacy of Behaviorism

Bruce A. Thyer
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The Philosophical Legacy of Behaviorism is the first book to describe the unique contributions of a behavioral perspective to the major issues of philosophy. Leading behavioral philosophers and psychologists have contributed chapters on: the origins of behaviorism as a philosophy of science; the basic principles of behaviorism; ontology; epistemology; values and ethics; free will, determinism and self-control; and language and verbal behavior. A concluding chapter provides an overview of some scholarly criticisms of behavioral philosophy. Far from espousing a black box' perspective on human cognition and philosophical reasoning, behaviorism (as derived from the works of B. F. Skinner) represents a contemporary and viable approach to conceptualizing important philosophical and psychological issues. Audience: This work will make an excellent text for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in the fields of philosophy and psychology, as well as being of interest to established scholars in those disciplines.

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This work describe the contributions of a behavioural perspective to the major issues of philosophy. Leading behavioural philosophers and psychologists have contributed chapters on: the origins of behaviourism as a philosophy of science; the basic principles of behaviourism; ontology; epistemology; values and ethics; free will, determinism and self-control; and language and verbal behaviour. A concluding chapter provides an overview of some scholarly criticisms of behavioural philosophy. Far from espousing a “black box” perspective on human cognition and philosophical reasoning, behaviourism (as derived from the works of B. F. Skinner) represents a contemporary and viable approach to conceptualizing important philosophical and psychological issues.

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